Pope’s Brother Set To Testify In Abuse Cases
March 9, 2010
The case was brought to the attention of the Vatican and the world by several former students of a boarding school in Germany, who were part of the choir Ratzinger now leads
According to the former students, they were sadistically and sexually abused as punishment for various offenses.
The allegations paint a picture of priests and school officials who both allowed and participated in sexual abuse against students on a regular basis.
One student was cast out of the school for going public, and the case was hushed up.
Another is believed to have committed suicide.
Ratzinger has said that he will testify in the case, but can be of little help as he was not leading the choir at the time of the abuse, and has no information.
But former student and alleged victim, Franz Wittenbrink, has said that this is far from an adequate excuse.
“I can’t believe that he didn’t know it because it was a big scandal,” he said in an interview with ABC.
“There was a change in directors. There was a boy thrown out of the school. I think he should really know it and so I really can’t understand that he says he didn’t know anything.”
He says that he and the others want a public apology for the pain they were put through.
“I know many of my friends, they are broken in this boarding school.”
The cases have created a great deal of anger towards the Catholic Church, as well as sparked questions as to the validity of requests being investigated internally.
Authorities were kept in the dark for years as students continued to come forward, claiming rape.